Sausage & Peppers Holiday Lasagna #JoytotheTable #ad

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Christmas will be here before you know it and so will holiday guests. Today I have an easy and festive lasagna recipe to share with you that will feed a crowd: Sausage & peppers Holiday Lasagna. I love the combination of hot Italian sausage and peppers; it’s comforting, livens the taste buds, and warms the soul on a winters day.

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I like making lasagnas when I have guests in town because they make a TON of food, they’re easy to throw together, and you can prep them ahead of time.

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Before I got to cooking my lasagna I headed to my local Vons to shop for ingredients where I picked up crucial ingredients for this recipe, Barilla Lasagna and Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce. By the way they’re running a great promotion right now: $1 off the purchase of ONE (1) box of Barilla® Lasagna and ONE (1) Barilla® Sauce. Learn more about Barilla by visiting their Facebook page {Hint: they often share coupons on their Facebook page}.

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The stars of my lasagna recipe.

To make this recipe festive I used some of the chopped red and green bell peppers to make a Christmas tree. You can use whatever colored bell peppers you can find or have on had.

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Cook’s Note:

The holidays can be a busy time, to make things easier prep the lasagna in the morning and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake it.

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Sausage & Peppers Lasagna

Serves 12
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Entrée, Main Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website A Food Folks and Fun Original!

Ingredients

  • 1 Large red bell pepper
  • 1 Large green bell pepper
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked, from 1 box of Barilla Lasagna
  • 1 Pound hot Italian sausage
  • 1 Large onion, diced
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, divided
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1 24-ounce jar Barilla Tomato & Basil Sauce

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil the lasagna as per the package instructions.
Step 2
If making the Christmas tree design on top of your lasagna, reserve 1/3 of each the red and green bell peppers. Dice the remaining bell peppers, set aside.
Step 3
In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat brown the sausage for 2 minutes, breaking chunks apart with the back of a wooden spoon. Add in the onions and diced peppers and cook until the sausage is browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
Step 4
While the sausage is cooking, use a mixer to beat cream cheese for 1 minute. With the mixer on low, add the milk in a steady stream to combine. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to mix until light and creamy and there are no more lumps, about 2-3 minutes.
Combine mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and lightly toss with your fingers. Reserve 1-1/2 cups (half of the cheese). Add the other half of cheese to cream cheese mixture; mix well.
Step 5
Drain the fat from the sausage mixture. Stir in the sauce, water, and basil until combined. Spread 1/3 of the sausage and sauce mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan; layer with 3 noodles and half the cream cheese mixture. Add another layer of 3 noodles, then half the remaining sausage mixture, followed by 3 more noodles. Layer the remaining cream cheese mixture, the last 3 noodles, sausage mixture and reserved 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Use the reserved bell pepper to make your Christmas tree design. Cover with foil.
Step 6
Bake for 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Let the lasagna cool for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped basil.

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About Jillian Wade

Hi, I'm Jillian. I'm a teacher turned stay-at-home mom. I miss the creativity teaching provided so I'm always trying to find time to exercise my artistic abilities. Mostly that means cooking and baking. My blog is dedicated to providing restaurant-quality recipes for the home cook.

Comments

  1. christina p says:

    Cute idea to make a christmas tree on the lasagna!

  2. Lasagna is my favorite dish of all time :) I can eat it everyday

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